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Poster: jessandra Date: Dec 16, 2009 12:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Have to share although not really Dead related

Just to share a little bit of family humour -

My twin daughters (7) started music lessons a few weeks ago. One is learning guitar and the other piano. Their lessons are at the same place (in different rooms) and at the same time. I have to wait there so one week I sit in with the guitar lesson and the next week with the piano lesson.

Today was guitar.

Twin 1(Jessie)is still just learning the 6 strings without frets and had to play a little exercise with just 2 open notes - over and over and over again. The teacher told her she was doing great and she could move on to the next exercise.

She said, "this is real easy, can you now teach me Uncle John's Band?" Well the instructor just looked at me with a big question mark on his face and I had to explain to Jessie that she had to learn a lot more before she could play that. (He had no clue)

That's not the end of the story however -

We finished our lesson and collected twin 2(Cassandra)in the corridor. We were about to leave the building when the piano teacher came calling after me and asked me what the song 'Uncle John's Band' was! (He thought it might be a children's song)

It was too funny. I don't know if this is a coinidence because I have been playing that on guitar alot recently or if this is a 'twin' thing but I was pleasantly amused.

Their mutual 7 year old 'boyfriend' is learning the drums. So watch out guys - they already want to start a band (with 3 notes a piece ;-) Just give them 15 years ...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Dec 16, 2009 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Have to share although not really Dead related

It's certainly a fav of my three boys, though they are much older now...just last night the middle one wanted a selection of acoustic DEAD, so we made up a "hits" from my shows of 1970, and he insisted on TWO UJB (one from 5/1 or 5/15? can't recall...and the electric from 10/4)...).

Cool. And cool story, Jess.

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Poster: vapors Date: Dec 16, 2009 1:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Have to share although not really Dead related

Wonderful story – sounds like the twins are off to a good musical start! My eldest is especially fond of UJB – she says that she has fond memories of hearing me play it while growing up. They both (flute and clarinet) took to the Beatles music books for their instruments – I never thought about getting them GD music. Duh!

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Dec 16, 2009 2:01pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Have to share although not really Dead related

"Their mutual 7 year old 'boyfriend' is learning the drums. So watch out guys - they already want to start a band (with 3 notes a piece"

Does that mean they have the AC/DC catalogue pretty much covered?

TOOTMO

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Poster: jessandra Date: Dec 16, 2009 11:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Have to share although not really Dead related

Oh please - no!!

We saw the Stones here (without kids) and AC/DC opened. They wouldn't shut up and I thought they'd never end - it was HORRIBLE !!

This post was modified by jessandra on 2009-12-17 07:08:34

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Poster: midnight sun Date: Dec 17, 2009 12:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Have to share although not really Dead related

hey jessandra, further to your thread a while back, my adult offspring connected me to the music of a singer/songwriter named Damien Rice (dilcurrie probably knows who i'm talking about) interesting songs, gotta warn you though, he covers the entire spectrum from sensitive/introspective to screaming banshee

also thinking about how my "kids" readily accept 60's music, yet i never did accept the swing music of the 30s and 40's when i was young, and still don't have much interest...don't get me wrong, gorgeous songs and some beautiful orchestrations, just that i tend to gravitate towards more modern renditions of the standards, mostly because i feel that jazz rhythm sections evolved significantly starting sometime around 1959

when they were younger, i watched my kids turn their grandparents onto Dark Side Of The Moon, i sat back and observed while they "discovered" the entire album together one afternoon...some music truly is immortal!

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Poster: jessandra Date: Dec 17, 2009 11:09pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Have to share although not really Dead related

Thanks for you input midnight sun - Great story about turning the grandparents onto the Dark Side of the Moon!

My parents very much controlled the music I listened to as a kid - no rock music! They listened to classical and when I took piano and guitar I had to learn classic. I just wanted to play the Beatles but no chance. I ended quitting all my music lessons because I just hated what I had to play and ended up resenting and disliking classical music for ages.

Well 30+ years later - I do like some classical stuff again and my parents have even come to enjoy some of my music but I think what I learned from this is not to do the same with my children.

They can listen to whatever they want (with minimal exceptions) and I just hope their love for music will lead them in a good direction. Of course, they are currently in a phase where they are exploring all kinds of music (and some of it I find pretty horrid) but they also very much enjoy our 'house music' which is mainly dead, Kimock, Allman Bros. etc.

I'm doing my best to be open-minded and we'll see what happens as the years go by :-)

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Poster: TOOTMO Date: Dec 18, 2009 8:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Have to share although not really Dead related

My parents very much controlled the music I listened to as a kid - no rock music!

I'm starting to wish I had. I took my 8 y/o to see KISS in October and then shortly afterward he found my Destroyer CD. If I have to start one more Saturday to "God of Thunder" (and rocccckk and roooooooooll) I might not make it. Sometimes I catch him trying to corrupt the five year-old, "ZoZO, the Demon is more cooler than Bobby." Luckily, she has the fortitude to think her own mind---and she's never seen Bob in his short-shorts.


TOOTMO

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Dec 18, 2009 2:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Have to share although not really Dead related

My parents too tried to interfere with the music I loved... Fat chance! With older brothers and sisters I listened to all the music in the sixties while growing up. I still remember my mom saying when The Beatles were playing "Hey Jude" and "Revolution" on TV in the sixties. I think it was The Smothers Brothers or the Ed Sullivan show:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=txcd4oFomfU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Imb4tYOk8GE&;feature=related

"You can tell they're all on drugs.. Look at their eyes!"
They were scared of The Beatles, and what they represented. We of course were all big fans!

A year or two later I came home from high school one day and caught them listening to "Right Between The Eyes" and "Teach Your Children" from my Crosby Stills, Nash & Young album "Four Way Street" on my stereo one day. I could not believe what I saw! They loved those songs so much! I was blown away!
They would get pissed off though because they knew I smoked pot, and yet they would find songs like these incredible! I tried to get them to smoke pot with me and play those songs, and make converts out of them. Fat chance. They passed. That is probably my best memory of music and my parents.
When my kids were young in the eighties and nineties I never restricted what they listened to. It was through them that I first heard Nirvana for example. They also loved reggae. I had a couple of CD's called "Reggae Celebrates The Grateful Dead" that both me and the kids loved. It served as great car music we could all be happy with.

This post was modified by SkyDawg on 2009-12-18 10:13:10

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Poster: jerrys beard Date: Dec 16, 2009 1:34pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Have to share although not really Dead related

Very cool! I got my two year old grandson a drum set for Christmas. Never too early to start the music career and pay back my son for everything he ever did growing up by making sure his son will be making a ruckus for the rest of the year! Life is good!

My son plays guitar. I'm sensing a Drums > Space in my future.

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Poster: cush212 Date: Dec 16, 2009 1:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Have to share although not really Dead related

2 1/2 year old Dylan loves his Nana's drums also... He just btook to them on his own though. Been playin' for almost 2 1/2 tears now!

;)

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Dec 16, 2009 1:10pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Have to share although not really Dead related

That is Funny

Thanks for sharing. My 9 year old daughter is learning piano & clarinet. She has asked for Grateful Dead piano music - probably a good Christmas gift idea.

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Poster: fenario80 Date: Dec 16, 2009 1:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Have to share although not really Dead related

Great story, thank you.

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Poster: DianaW Date: Dec 16, 2009 1:51pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Have to share although not really Dead related

>the piano teacher came calling after me and asked me what the song 'Uncle John's Band' was! (He thought it might be a children's song)

Oh, too funny. Young people today - where did we go wrong?